Dates: 6 – 13 September
€1 ,049.00 – €3 ,295.00
YES: if you want to cycle some of the greatest climbs in both France AND Italy
YES: if you want to discover a new route from Geneva to the Mediterranean.
YES: if you want to make friends and have fun with other like-minded people.
YES: if you want to stay in authentic, comfortable 3* hotels, with outstanding food.
NO: if you are a beginner cyclist or you do not like cycling up hills.
NO: if you prefer low cost accommodation and cheap & cheerful food.
|Date||Programme||Climbs||Distance & Elevation|
|Sun Sept 6||Arrival day (Geneva)||-||-|
|Mon Sept 7||La Clusaz to Bourg Saint Maurice||Col des Aravis, col des Saisies, Cormet de Roselend||88km / 2,560m+|
|Tue Sept 8||Bourg Saint Maurice to Susa||Col de l'Iséran, col du Mont Cenis||116km / 3,100m+|
|Wed Sept 9||Susa to Saluzzo||Colle delle Finestre or colleta di Cumiana||129km / 3,200m+ or 121km / 1,500m+|
|Thu Sept 10||Saluzzo to Cuneo||Colle di Sampeyre, colle della Fauniera or colleta di Isasca||132km / 4,100m+ or 60km / 930m+|
|Fri Sept 11||Cuneo to Garessio||San Giacomo, colle di Casotto||80km / 1,650m+|
|Sat Sept 12||Garessio to San Remo||Colle San Bernardo, Cipressa, Poggio||100km / 1,700m+|
|Sun Sept 13||Departure day (Nice)||-||-|
Arrive in Geneva. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel in La Clusaz, where you will unpack and set-up your bikes. If time permits, you can do a short check-out ride on one of the many climbs close to La Clusaz.
A classic stage in the Route des Grandes Alpes! We get straight down to business: the climbs keep coming and keep getting tougher on this challenging ride from La Clusaz to Bourg St Maurice, in the Tarantaise valley.
The climb to the col des Aravis begins immediately. Thankfully it has an easy gradient, and is soon followed by a sweeping descent to the start of the climb to the Saisies. Again there is no transition from the descent to the final climb, the stunningly beautiful Cormet de Roselend.
Over the mountains to Italy. The col de l’Iseran is the highest road pass in Europe, at 2,746m, and it is a long way up from Bourg St Maurice: almost 50km of near-continuous climbing! The toughest part is the last 11km, after Val d’Isère.
After the long, steep descent from the col we continue an easier descent to Lanslebourg, where we turn off and cross into Italy via the beautiful climb to the col du Mont Cenis.
The descent from the col brings us to our first stop in Italy. Be ready for the pasta!
Follow Chris Froome’s 2018 Giro exploits! Straight up from Susa, we tackle one of the giants of the Giro. The Finestre is a tough climb, relentlessly steep, made tougher by the final 8km on gravel. The surface is hard-packed and perfectly rideable, but definitely harder than tarmac. This is where Chris Froome made his 80km solo break and won the Giro in 2018. The gravel section finishes on the summit and thankfully the descent is delightful, entirely on tarmac.
There is an alternative route skirting the mountains for those who prefer not to climb the Finestre (121km,1600m) or an intermediate route that includes the Montoso (135km, 2400m).
We head deep into historic Giro territory for the Queen Stage, with two huge climbs over 2000m. After an initial warm-up on the Colletto di Isasca, we climb the valley to Sampeyre and the climb which bears its name. The Colle di Sampeyre (2,284m) was crossed by the Giro in 1995 and 2003 (when Marco Pantani fell on the descent). It is long and hard with an irregular gradient.
The Collle della Fauniera (2,511m), the centre point of the GranFondo Fausto Coppi, is equally hard. The Giro went through in 1999 and 2003, and there is a memorial to Pantani on the summit.
The two climbs taken together are a significant challenge, so for those in need of recovery we propose an alternative route to enjoy a much easier ride (60km, 930m).
Into the heart of Liguria: a relatively easy ride after yesterday’s Queen Stage, Stage 5 sees us leave behind the plains of northern Italy to start up the final barrier before the sea. The stage begins nice and easy, with the first real effort coming after 32km. We must then make a succession of three climbs, each longer than the last and taking us successively higher.
The roads here are delightful and little-used, sometimes in the forest and sometimes opening up magnificent views. The descent from the colle di Casotto brings us to our final stop before San Remo, in the small town of Garessio.
Our final stage route follows the last 64 km of Milan San Remo, along the coast and over the iconic last two climbs, the Cipressa and the Poggio. We will finish right in the centre of San Remo at the same spot as the professional race.
But first we must reach the coast… After all the climbing we have done, the 6.3 km colle San Bernado will seem a relative formality. From here the Mediterranean will be in sight, and we will enjoy more than 20 km of descending to reach sea-level before turning right and following the coast road.
Time to pack the bikes and leave for home. We will take you to the airport in Nice (unless you decide to extend your stay!)
We begin our Tour at the wonderful Hotel Beauregard in la Clusaz, our favourite hotel in the Alps. The comfort of the rooms is matched by the outstanding quality of the food and the delightful service.
There is an indoor swimming pool and spa and of course free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Apologies for the delay since our return, but I just wanted to pass on to you a huge thank you for our recent Alpine week cycling – we both think of it as one of our best holidays/trips we’ve done for many years! A tremendously well organised and enjoyable ride, which I would gladly recommend to anyone. I just wish I’d had the sense to take a few additional days recovery on the French Riviera instead of flying straight home and turning to work!
Thank you so much for a fantastic week. I truly enjoyed myself every single day. Despite the fact that I was overly defensive descending, I feel as though I learned a lot and gained confidence by the end of the week. Although I have been riding for years, I never had any type of instruction or guidance previously. On my first ride back today, I could feel a difference in descending and ascending. The week did wonders for me. I loved cycling prior to the trip, but love it even more now. You all did a first rate job organizing and planning for all of us. (David, USA)
Thank you and your team for such a great training camp. I have improved my fitness, descending skills, had great food and overall a very good experience. I really wish you can expend your training camp programs because you certainly deserve to. (Alvi, Turkey)
The camp was great. the coaching really paid off for me. Backing off early in the climbs and just keeping a consistent power output got me up the climbs faster and fresher. my descending is much improved and much more fun. I think in some ways, the best things you do, or at least the least obvious, is just teaching people how to manage their energy and recovery, on and off the bike. Riding with Stephane was a privilege. his ability to assess our ability and ride with us right on the edge of what were capable of without going over was amazing and definitely made a big difference. (Ted, USA)
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